Yesterday we have learned that Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett have been claimed off waivers from the Dodgers. Usually for a player like Adrian’s caliber , a trade never necessarily gets complete. But this nine player blockbuster deal has became a reality. The Red Sox have agreed to send Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers in exchange for James Loney and 4 prospects.
Gonzalez, 30, will be an instant upgrade over James Loney and bring more veritilty to the Dogsers linep, that already includes Shane Victorino, Matt Kemp and Andre Eithier. The Dodgers also acquired 3rd baseman Hanely Ramirez in this years non-waiver dead-line, who is figured to be a lethal piece to Don Matingly’s revamped lineup. Crawford, currently in his second year of his ( 7/yr 142 Million deal) struggled dreadfully in Boston, and that had so much to do with the media and a tough time cohering with his new surroundings. Dodgers are at least hoping Crawford can stay on the field and become their new every day left fielder next year. With Beckett also being claimed off waivers from the Dodgers, later plunged in the nine player, blockbuster trade has potential to be a Great Pitcher in the National League. Nick Punto,who is in year one of his two year deal, hopes to bring depth to the Dodgers infield. The Red Sox will pay12 million of the over 270 million owed to Beckett, Crawford, Gonzalez, and Punto.
The four prospects who were dealt to Boston are Allen Webster, Ruby De La rosa, Ivan De Jesus Jr, and Jerry Sands. Webster, who was the dodgers #2 prospect before being dealt to Boston receives comparisons to former Red Sox pitcher, Derek Lowe. De La Rosa, fresh off of returning from Tommy John surgery has a high ceiling and is projected to contribute to the Red Sox Rotation next season. Ruby topped his fastball fastball at 97 MPH Wednesday, where he made his season debut vs. the Miami Marlins. Sands, a former Minor League player of the year has struglled translating his form to the next level. Sands is hitting .174 in 23 plate appearences with the Dodgers this season. De Jesus Jr, has struggled as well and will likely be optioned to Pawtucket upon arrival. The Red Sox also acquired 1st baseman James Loney in the proposed deal, who has been a disappointment since having his career year three years ago.
Red Sox chairman, Tom Werner sems pretty pleased on the deal and even states new Red Sox first baseman, James Loney as ” Untouchable.”
“If it falls into place, the deal sheds us from tens of millions of dollars of long-term commitments,” Werner told Edes. “It gets us great prospects who will improve our major league roster as soon as next year. It brings us a player in James Loney who was ‘untouchable’ a couple of years ago. It allows us to start over with free agents,” Tom Werner said on EspnBoston.com, regarding the blockbuster trade that became official today.
For the red Sox, This move was largely imprinted on the Sox wrong decisions in the 2010 off-season. It didn’t matter what you were getting in return, as long as you were getting the bad contracts out of town. The red Sox did receive intriguing pieces in the deal, including Allen Webster and Ruby De La Rosa who both have a legitimate chance receiving sometime in the Big Leagues next season. For the Dodgers, they have acquired an All-Star first baseman, who does have shoulder problems but after the All-Star break, Adrian has shown glimpses of power. For the Dodger fans, this is a great sign that your team’s ownership is willing to spend big Dollars to compete for a World series title not only for this year, but for years to come. Adrian Gonzalez and James Loney are expected to make thir debut’s with their new respective teams.